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SSC JHT: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

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SSC JHT: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips
September 13, 2021
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There are two stages in the SSC JHT 2021 exam— Paper-I is objective with multiple-choice questions, and Paper-II is descriptive.

Paper-I:

  • It checks on the candidate’s knowledge and overall command over English and Hindi language and literature.
  • It will contain 100 MCQ’s in General Hindi and another 100 in General English.
  • The standard of the questions will be of degree level.

Paper-II:

  • This part is meant to assess and weigh the examinee’s expertise on bidirectional translation between Hindi and English.
  • In this section, applicants have to write 4 passages, which will be of the following types:
    • English to Hindi Translation
    • Hindi to English Translation
    • Hindi essay writing
    • English essay writing

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SSC JHT Exam Pattern is as follows:

  Paper-I Paper-II
Mode of the examination Online (CBT) Offline (Pen & Paper)
Type of the examination Objective (MCQ) Descriptive
Sections General English

General Hindi

Translation

Essay Writing

Negative marking 0.25 marks NA
Duration 2 hours 2 hours
Full marks 200 200

It is quite difficult to determine a properly structured syllabus here. Even if there is a formulated path, mastering a language is always much more than just crossing off topics listed in the syllabus. And that is exactly what will be checked in SSC JHT, your command over the two languages, viz. English and Hindi. So, by all means, you need to develop a thorough and deep knowledge and understanding of the languages and literature—which you should be quite familiar with already if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and are opting for this job in the first place.

 

Paper-I Syllabus

As you know by now, Paper-I is going to be an online, objective exam comprised of two sections— General English and General Hindi. 100 questions from each section are supposed to grill your grasp on the grammatical nooks and crannies of the two languages. Some of the topics that are most commonly tested on are—

 

Section Topics
General English Synonyms, Vocabulary, Grammar, Sentence structure and completion, Comprehension, Verbs, Tenses, Articles, Preposition, Spelling Test, Unseen passages, Error recognition, Fill in the blanks, Idioms, Phrases
General Hindi Synonyms, Antonyms, Proverbs, Phrases, Comprehension, Grammar including Sandhi, Samas, Visheshan, Kriya etc.

It is not to mention that your knowledge of the two languages should not be restricted merely to these few topics to crack the paper.

 

Paper-II Syllabus

Paper-II of SSC JHT is designed to delve deeper into the examinee’s understanding of English and Hindi; and prowess on translating one subject to another. Here, the candidates have to write four long passages, two for each language, which will serve the purpose.

Section Questions
Translation 1 passage for translating English to Hindi

1 passage for translating Hindi to English

Essay Writing 1 English essay

1 Hindi essay

 

For acing this paper, candidates should have a thorough understanding of the current social, political, and environmental situation of the country and also the significant, impactful incidents of the world. Regularly following up with the newspaper is a must when it comes to opting for jobs in important sectors of the government.

We can suggest to you a few topics with which you can start practicing essay writing. These will also give you an idea about the type of questions usually asked in this section of Paper-II:

  • COVID management in India
  • India in Tokyo Olympics 2021
  • Impact of lockdown on Indian economy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital life and Privacy
  • Freedom of Press
  • Handling fake news etc.

 

SSC JHT Exam Pattern

As already discussed, SSC JHT 2021 is a two-tiered written examination. Paper-I is computer-based and online, while Paper-II requires traditional writing with a pen on paper. This is because Paper-I consists of MCQs whereas in Paper-II candidates have to write elaborate answers.

Admits for the two phases are issued separately. If the applicant clears Paper-I, then only he/she will be considered eligible to sit for Paper-II. However, the final merit list is prepared to take the performances in both the papers into consideration, which means:

The final score of the candidate = Marks scored in Paper-I + Marks scored in Paper-II

The candidates shortlisted after Paper-II are called for Document Verification. This is the final formality before taking the competent candidates into the job, for checking legitimacy and consistency of their credentials.  This is also the step where the applicants can fill up their preference of posts or departments.

The minimum qualifying scores in Paper-I & II for different categories are as follows:

Category Qualifying Marks
Unreserved 30%
EWS/ OBC 25%
Others 20%

If two or more examinees acquire the same aggregate marks in Paper-I & II, the tie will be broken by considering the following parameters consecutively:

  • Total score in Paper-II
  • Score in the General Hindi section of Paper-I
  • Date of Birth (older candidates will be placed higher in the merit list)
  • Alphabetical order of the examinees’ names.

Paper-I in SSC JHT Exam Pattern

  • It checks on the candidate’s knowledge and overall command over English and Hindi language and literature.
  • It will contain 100 MCQ’s in the General Hindi section and another 100 in the General English section.
  • 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • The penalty for each wrong answer is 0.25 marks.
  • The standard of the questions will be of degree level.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours. 40 minutes of added time is allowed for the candidates with physical disabilities.
Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
General Hindi 100 1X100=100 Total 2 hours (no sectional time limit)
General English 100 1X100=100

 

Paper-II in SSC JHT Exam Pattern

  • This part is meant to assess and weigh the examinee’s expertise on bidirectional translation between Hindi and English.
  • In this section, applicants have to write 4 passages, which will be of the following types:
    • English to Hindi Translation
    • Hindi to English Translation
    • Hindi essay writing
    • English essay writing
  • There is no distinguished marking system here, as the questions demand elaborate answers. The total marks are 200.
  • There is no negative marking as well, as expected in a descriptive paper.
Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Translation 2 (1 from each language) 100 (approximately) Total 2 hours (no sectional time limit)
Essay Writing 2 (1 from each language) 100 (approximately)

 

Recommended books

Choosing the correct book to learn and practice can be a game-changer in any job preparation. Before going to battle, evaluating your strengths is one of the most important things. Here are some books that we would like to recommend, which, according to us, are very much likely to help you for clearing SSC JHT 2021.

Books for Paper-I:

Section Name of the author(s) Name of the book Publisher
 

 

 

General Hindi

Dr Vasudevanandan Prasad Adhunik Hindi Vyakaran aur Rachna Bharti Bhawan Publishers & Distributors
H. S. Bhatia Idioms, Phrases and Proverbs with Hindi Meanings Ramesh Publishing House
Dr. Briji Kishore Prasad Singh General Hindi and Concise Grammar Unicorn Books
 

 

General English

H. S. Bhatia Popular English Grammar with Hindi Explanations Ramesh Publishing House
Wren & Martin English Grammar S. Chand
Research team of the publishing house Competitive General English-Hindi Kiran Prakashan

 

Books for Paper-II:

Author’s name Book Publishing House
Dr. Lal & Jain SSC Junior/ Senior Hindi Translators Exam Upkar Prakashan
Arihant SSC JHT Exam Experts Compilation
R. Gupta SSC Translator/ Pradhyapak Recruitment Exam Guide RPH Editorial Board

 

Apart from all these typical study books, there is really no better way of nurturing a language on a detailed and deep level than engrossing yourself in books. So we recommended that you start exploring Hindi and English literature if you are not already quite familiar with them. It is also crucial that you enjoy the process because this is what you will be doing as a translator out there— dealing with language stuffs a lot. You can even try picking up any of your favorite English books and translating selected pages of them into Hindi. The reverse process is also just as likely.

 

Preparation Tips

Study smart

  • Minutely study the previous years’ question papers of SSC JHT over and over.
  • Keep yourself updated with current affairs. Catch up with the newspaper and discuss the news with your friends. This way, both your understanding of the topic and vocabulary will get strong.
  • Proper planning for preparation is a must. Design a customized schedule keeping your comfort and capacity in mind, and try to maintain it.
  • Learning and chapter-wise practicing will get you nowhere if you do not regularly take mock tests within strict time limits. Answering all the questions accurately within time is not easy, especially in the exam hall; but this is what makes the difference.
  • Hard work is necessary, but smart work is even more important. Do not waste your time on one topic. Clear the basics of all the topics first. Then gradually increase the difficulty levels. At every stage of preparation, practice every topic of every subject at the same standard. Build it layer-by-layer— first lay the fundamentals, then develop the upper stories gradually.

 

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Find the fun in work

  • Read as many books as you can in both languages. There is nothing better than books for honing the skills you are going to require in this job profile.
  • Use Google Translator to your advantage. Practice English to Hindi and Hindi to English translations and tally your work with the results of Google Translator.
  • Do not overdo anything to ultimately end up exhausted. Physical and mental relaxation is really important. It would be great if you can manage some time every day for light exercises.

Trust yourself

Assess your strengths and weaknesses while preparing. According to that, decide which portions to do first in the examination. The most efficient order of solving questions is different for everyone because everyone has different comfort zones. You and only you can understand what works best for you. So try not to follow anyone else’s suggestion about it.

 

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FAQ’s

Q.1 What is the duration of the SSC JHT 2021 exam?

Ans. The exam is conducted in two phases, each of which has to be completed within 2 hours. There is no distinguished time limit for each of the sections in the paper.

 Q.2 Does one require writing long answers SSC JHT examination?

Ans. Once you get shortlisted for Paper-II, you have to practice writing long answers like essays and translation of passages in both English and Hindi because Paper-II is descriptive. Since this is a language test, it is checked on principle if the candidates know how to write long, consistent, and precise.

Q.3 What is the qualifying mark in the written exams of SSC JHT 2021?

Ans. The qualifying marks in Paper-I & II are 30% for Unreserved, 25% for OBC/ EWS, and 20% for other categories.

Q.4 What is the job location?

Ans. The Ministries or Departments candidates will be working in will be determined after Document Verification, which is the final formality before employment as an SSC Translator. Aspirants will have the opportunity to fill up their preferences during the same, which will be taken into account.

Q.5 How many questions will be asked in the SSC JHT 2021 papers?

Ans. Paper-I will contain 200 multiple-choice questions mainly based on the grammar of the concerning languages while Paper-II will have 4 long questions, two from Translation and two from essay writing.

 

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